A Family Affair 2

Five Generations of the Grimes Family Have Farmed on Land in Shady Shores

For the Grimes family, farming is a family tradition, and it has been that way for generations.

“It’s a real family affair,” Mindy Grimes, whose family owns and operates 5G Farms in Shady Shores, says.

The name 5G reflects the five generations that have farmed the land. Three generations currently live and work on the farm.

Founded in the early 1900s, the first crops planted on the farm were cotton and peanuts. Each generation has planted new crops, but one thing has remained the same: “There has never been any chemicals on the land,” Mindy says.

The all-organic farm now produces fruits, vegetables, herbs, quail and chicken eggs, and livestock, with plans to produce mushrooms, saffron, raw milk, butter and other specialty items.

The Grimeses sell several products, including jellies, jams, pork, pickled quail eggs, chicken eggs, gardening supplies, herbs, fruits, vegetables and homeopathic treatments at the Denton Community Market, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Customers also can order from 5G-Farms.com.

All items are organically grown because the family believes in the power of organic foods.

“I’m a firm believer in the fact that there has to be a reason there are so many diseases and cancers now that were not prevalent when our grandparents were growing up. It’s got to be the food we eat,” Mindy says.

Having experienced a health scare of her own, Mindy says she and her family are fully committed to the organic lifestyle.

“Nine years ago, I had a brain tumor,” she says, Doctors removed the tumor, and her family decided to focus on the foods they consume.

“We now live a very self-reliant lifestyle,” she says. “Most of the things we eat, we grow. We believe it’s important to try to raise our own food and eat what we raise.”

While all 5G Farms items are organically grown, Mindy says they are not certified organic because of the cost.

“We’re not certified organic because it would cause us to have to sell items at such a high rate that the average family couldn’t afford it,” she says.

Though not certified, Mindy says she is adamantly opposed to using any kinds of pesticides or chemicals on her farm—keeping with the generations before her.

“I don’t see any as acceptable.”